RDS Introduces Business Reference Suite Web Service

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RDS Introduces Business Reference Suite Web Service


Responsive Database Services (RDS) has announced the availability of its three major business databases--Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices, and the recently introduced TableBase--as a single information resource, RDS Business Reference Suite, available through the Web as a subscription service.

According to RDS, the new RDS Business Reference Suite addresses the growing needs of organizations to understand markets, industries, clients, and competitors on a worldwide scale; to find the strategic market research data essential as decision support; and to have access to management practices information at a functional level.

RDS Business Reference Suite includes three critical types of content: 1) a wide array of international news dealing with companies, industries, and products; 2) management practices relating to the processes, methods, and strategies of managing a business; and 3) strategic data that are available in tabular format dealing with market share, forecasts, shipments, consumption, rankings, and more.

According to the company, RDS Business Reference Suite provides users with a number of features:

* A common interface for searching each database individually or in combination with one another

* Basic and advanced search modes for all types of users

* Common indexing across all databases for multi-file searching

* Fact-level indexing for quick and precise retrieval

* Drop-down menus for easy selection of all index terms

* Enhanced article titles for straightforward, relevant selection

* Unlimited access to full-text coverage for many of the world's most authoritative publications

* Standardized company and geographic names

* View, print, or download options

* Affordable pricing--with discounts for public and academic libraries

RDS Business Reference Suite provides access to more than 1,400 leading business sources worldwide, over 60 percent full text with about 45 percent international coverage, and thousands of tables with strategic data. The individual parts of RDS Business Reference Suite are as follows:

Business & Industry is RDS's multi-industry database with a global focus on market, company, product, and industry information, and an emphasis on the facts, figures, events, and trends that affect the business environment. B&I provides users with the precise, relevant, and fact-level indexing that ensures easy and successful searching. It's also useful for locating strategic data such as market share, market size, sales, trends, and forecasts, says RDS. …

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